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Health & Fitness Olympian Michelle Griffith-Robinson: 'How I Turned My Prediabetes Diagnosis Around'

11:25  19 september  2020
11:25  19 september  2020 Source:   womenshealthmag.co.uk

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Michelle Griffith - Robinson : ' How I Turned My Prediabetes Diagnosis Around '. ‘People like me don’t get diabetes – I ’m a bloody Olympian ! By January 2019, five months after my diagnosis , I ’d lost 8lb. My friends all wanted to know how I ’d done it and I ’d find myself saying, ‘Guys, I ’m not doing this to

My world completely turned upside down. It was my faith, as well as the joy I derived from taking care of my own health, that helped me through. Olympian Michelle Griffith - Robinson : ' How I Turned My Prediabetes Diagnosis Around '. Women's Health UK. 65% of Women Say That the Pandemic

a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Ex-Olympic triple-jumper Michelle Griffith-Robinson brought herself back from the brink of type 2 diabetes with sensible eating a regular strength training. © Michelle Griffith-Robinson Ex-Olympic triple-jumper Michelle Griffith-Robinson brought herself back from the brink of type 2 diabetes with sensible eating a regular strength training.

Ex-Olympic triple-jumper Michelle Griffith- Robinson OLY, 48, from Devon, brought herself back from the brink of type 2 diabetes with sensible eating a regular strength training.

I retired from sport in 2006, but that didn’t mean I became inactive. I’m a lifestyle coach and personal trainer, and back then I exercised about three times a week – walking, running and strength training.

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I ate fairly well, but still indulged in pizza or the occasional dinner out. Over the years, I put on a little weight – only around 8 to 10lb, nothing major. I was still slim and felt really healthy.

So I was shocked when, in August 2018, I found out I was prediabetic. My doctor explained this meant my blood sugar was higher than normal and I was at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which comes with a host of serious health implications: it can cause strokes, kidney failure, heart attacks and heart failure, to name a few.

Family history

My first thought was, ‘People like me don’t get diabetes – I’m a bloody Olympian!’ I had always assumed type 2 diabetes only affected unhealthy, overweight people. I’ve since learned that factors like family history can also play a role.

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There have been cases in my family; my mum was diagnosed with type 2 when she was 58, and my grandmother died of complications related to the disease. My doctor explained that prediabetes can be reversed, and I was determined to set things to rights.

All-or-nothing

I’m an all-or-nothing person and I approached turning my health around with the same dedication I used to pour into my athletics training. First, I upped my exercise. I began working out five days a week, with at least three weights sessions, featuring compound moves like cleans, squats and bench presses – the kind of moves that have always yielded the best results for me.

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I didn’t spend hours in the gym – I found that 30-minute workouts were more than enough to get me sweating. For my other two sessions, I’d make sure I got outside for a 5k run, a 30-minute fartlek, or just a long walk around the Devon hills. I also started working out with my husband Matthew and our three kids.

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My diet got an overhaul, too, with a focus on high-protein, high-fibre meals. I swapped my usual granola breakfast for eggs, smoked salmon and avocado; lunch would be an omelette loaded with veg rather than a panini; and for dinner I’d ditch my usual jacket potato with cheese and beans in favour of chicken and salad.

Living proof

By January 2019, five months after my diagnosis, I’d lost 8lb. My friends all wanted to know how I’d done it and I’d find myself saying, ‘Guys, I’m not doing this to look good in a dress.’

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After my initial test, my HbA1c (blood glucose) level was 45 mmol/mol. Simply put, a high HbA1C level means you have too much sugar in your blood – at 48 mmol/mol, you’re diabetic. I’ve had check-ups at roughly four-month intervals since then, and the level has dropped every time.

At my last test, I was at 42. Anything below 42 means you’re out of the prediabetic range, so that’s my goal for my next test.

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I became an ambassador for Diabetes UK last year, and my mission is to show people that diabetes doesn’t discriminate between fat and thin, healthy and not. But a prediabetes diagnosis isn’t the end of the road – I’m living proof that you can turn it around.

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